To Hell And Back: Europe, 1914 - 1918

To Hell And Back: Europe, 1914 - 1918 by Ian Kershaw


ISBN
9780141980430
Published
Binding
Paperback
Pages
624
Dimensions
129 x 198mm

In the summer of 1914 most of Europe plunged into a war so catastrophic that it unhinged the continent's politics and beliefs in a way that took generations to recover from. The disaster terrified its survivors, shocked that a civilization that had blandly assumed itself to be a model for the rest of the world had collapsed into a chaotic savagery beyond any comparison. In 1939 Europeans would initiate a second conflict that managed to be even worse - a war in which the killing of civilians was central and which culminated in the Holocaust.

To Hell and Back tells this story with humanity, flair and originality. Kershaw gives a compelling narrative of events, but he also wrestles with the most difficult issues that the events raise - with what it meant for the Europeans who initiated and lived through such fearful times - and what this means for us.

'A great achievement . . . There could hardly be a more judicious guide to this bloody terrain . . . a stark lesson in man's capacity for evil.' Dominic Sandbrook, Sunday Times

'Chilling epic-size history . . . should be required reading.' Harold Evans, The New York Times

'The story of how the Old World plunged toward hell for 30 years . . . There is no man better qualified than Kershaw to take us through the dark valleys of the world wars and the two sombre intervening decades . . . fair-minded, deeply researched and highly readable.' Brendan Simms, Wall Street Journal

'A triumph . . . one of a tiny handful of historians whose books will still be read in 100 years.' Laurence Rees, Mail on Sunday

'We are in the hands of a master historian.' Nigel Jones, Spectator

'Magisterial.' Economist
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